Wildlife Focus of Cedar River Water Trail Presentation
The Iowa DNR Rivers Program and the City of Waverly, with assistance from Iowa Northland Regional Council of Governments (INRCOG), will be hosting a Critters and Wildlife along the Cedar River Water Trail Presentation and Optional Paddle Trip July 13.
The Cedar River Water Trail in Bremer County is home to a diverse assortment of Iowa’s flora and fauna, from birds and mammals to trees and shrubs. Dr. Jim Pease knows them all and will explain the species and their relationship with the river. Paddling Iowa rivers since the age of 12, Dr. Pease is a widely known and respected wildlife and interpretive specialist who can help people find and understand the wildlife along our rivers.
Dr. Pease has over three decades of experience as a front‐line interpreter, professor of interpretation, writer and consultant on many interpretive and environmental education projects. He has taught thousands, from youth through senior citizens in formal and non‐formal settings, written dozens of publications for professionals and lay people alike and communicated via a regular statewide radio program, TV segments, podcasts and websites. His experience includes teaching interpretation to undergraduate and graduate students for 24 years, researching the impact of interpretive and education strategies, spent more than two decades as an Extension Wildlife Specialist, directing Iowa’s NatureMapping and Master Conservationist programs and providing 15 years in youth development and natural resources. He also helped design and coordinate Iowa’s new Master River Stewards Program with Iowa Rivers Revival. Now retired from Iowa State University, he consults on a variety of projects, leads international trips and can be heard monthly on Iowa Public Radio’s “Talk of Iowa” program.
The presentation will begin at 1 p.m. at the Waverly Civic Center (200 First Street NE), with an optional paddle to follow (approximately 3:30 p.m.). The paddle will launch and recover at Three Rivers Park, 1000 Adams Parkway NW, in Waverly (adjacent to Waverly Light and Power).
The presentation is free and open to the public, however pre-registration is required. The optional paddle is limited to 20 boats (canoes/kayaks) on a first come, first serve basis. Paddle participants can either bring their own canoe or kayak/paddles/PFDs, or signup to use one of the 6 to 7 canoes/paddles/PFDs provided by the DNR Rivers Program. Equipment and gear can also be reserved directly through CrawDaddy Outdoors in Waverly by calling 319-352-9129, ask for Darrin. Paddle participants are encouraged to bring sunscreen, water, binoculars and the love of the Iowa outdoors.